Celeste Holm Syndrome: On Character Actors from Hollywood's Golden Age

David Lazar (Author)
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Description

In this essay collection David Lazar looks to our intimate relationships with characters, both well-known and lesser known, from Hollywood's Golden Age. Veering through considerations of melancholy and wit, sexuality and gender, and the surrealism of comedies of the self in an uncanny world, mixed with his own autobiographical reflections of cinephilia, Lazar creates an alluring hybrid of essay forms as he moves through the movies in his mind. Character actors from the classical era of the 1930s through the 1950s including Thelma Ritter, Oscar Levant, Martin Balsam, Nina Foch, Elizabeth Wilson, Eric Blore, Edward Everett Horton, and the eponymous Celeste Holm all make appearances in these considerations of how essential character actors were, and remain, to cinema.

Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2020
Pages
168
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781496200457

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About the Author

David Lazar is a professor at Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of several books, including I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms (Nebraska, 2017), Who's Afraid of Helen of Troy? An Essay on Love, and Occasional Desire: Essays (Nebraska, 2013). He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika.